New District #4 Organizing Conference

New District #4 will not be an official entity until July 1, 2018, but much work needs to be done in order to facilitate this change!  District #4 is one of the new nine Districts in the Michigan Conference. New District #4 includes 91 churches, 80 charges in the middle to west, central part of our state.

An organizing conference for New District #4 will be held on Sunday, April 22 from 4-5:30pm at Greenville UMC (204 West Cass Street, Greenville, MI  48838). Please plan to attend if you are clergy or laity in a local church that will become part of New District #4.  No RSVP’s are necessary! New District #4 DS Rev. Dr. Margie Crawford and current GR DS Rev. Bill Haggard will lead this important organizing conference. Please bring a small container of water from your area, preferably from a lake, river, or steam. It will be used for a remembrance of baptism during this conference. 

View District #4 churches → HERE

At the organizing conference leaders will be elected for the following Discipline required areas:

  1. Superintendency Committee (5-9 persons)
  2. District Committee on Ministry (7-12 persons)
  3. District Board of Church Location & Building (7-10 people)

And this initial team along with these positions:

  1. Vision Team (8-12) persons who will serve as the leadership body as we determine what we need going forward)
  2. Co-Lay Leaders (2)
  3. Treasurer (hopefully a volunteer who can care for the administration of the District budget as all Districts become incorporated)

Also on the agenda will be the selection of a name for District #4. District #4 is comprised of parts of 3 prior Districts (Grand Rapids, Grand Traverse, Heartland).

The names under consideration for New District #4 are below:

  • Grand West District
  • West Grand District
  • Midwest Grand District
  • Grand Midwest District
  • Great Rivers District

Questions? Please contact Liz in the GR District Office at or 616.459.4503.

180 Turnaround Church Conference

180 Turnaround Church Conference

MARCH 23, 2017

Join Redeemer United Methodist Church, 13980 Shavey Road, DeWitt, Michigan on March 23, 2017 for our 9th annual ­180 Turnaround Church Conference!

This all-day, reasonably priced teaching conference is designed to help pastors and church leaders get started and continue transitioning their congregation through change.

This conference offers a variety of workshops on a multitude of topics from strategic planning, volunteers, communications, leadership, hospitality, administrative structure, outreach and much more.

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Heartland District Conference 2015

Heartland District Conference
Saturday, November 7, 2015
9:00 am-3:30 pm
Carson City UMC

 “Discipleship Matters”
Dr. Matt Hook

The Heartland District Conference will be held Saturday, November 7 from 9:00 am-3:30 pm at Carson City UMC (119 E. Elm St., Carson City, MI).  Dr. Matthew Hook, Pastor at Dexter UMC will be the special guest speaker focusing on “Discipleship.”  A Ministry Fair will also be featured throughout the day with several local churches/groups present to discuss their ministries and how your church can start some similar projects in your area.  Click here for a bulletin insert with all the details!

We will be collecting COMPLETE Haiti Student School Bags at the door.  Back-to-school sales are going on now, so buy while supplies are cheap!  Click here to see the list of items you need to include in your school bag.

Click here to register!  Deadline to register online is Sunday, November 1 ($10 per person).  After November 1, you may register at the door ($15 per person)


Heartland District Lay Servant Classes Fall 2015

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Heartland District Fall 2015 Lay Servant Classes
October 3 & 17

Heartland District Spring 2015 Lay Servant Classes will take place October 3 & 17 from 9:00 am-3:00 pm each day at Big Rapids First UMC (304 Elm Street).  Participants must attend both Saturday classes in order to earn credit for the class.  The following courses will be offered.

  • “Lay Servant Ministries Basic Course” led by Ned Weller (required before taking any Advanced classes) — Class Limit = None
  • “Discovering Your Spiritual Gifts” led by Carole Baker (required for Lay Speaker status) — Class Limit = None
  • “Preaching” led by Pr. Mike Riegler (required for Lay Speaker status) — Class limit = None
  • “Leading in Prayer” led by David Hanna (required for Lay Speaker status) — Class Limit = 16

Cost is $10 per class (not including text book).

Click here for a printable brochure.

Click here to register.

Heartland District Administrative Assistants’ Day 2015

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Heartland Administrative Assistants’ Day 2015

July 22, 2015

9:30 am-3:00 pm

Heartland District Office

1400 S. Washington St., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858

Discussion Topics:

  • New Heartland Organization/Fall Church Conferences
  • Membership/Recordkeeping
  • New Conference Database System
  • Social Media Tips & Tricks
  • DISC Profile Training

If you have a how-to “Office Manual” you find helpful, please bring it with you to share ideas!

This FREE training day will include lunch!
Include in your RSVP if you have any special dietary needs.

RSVP by July 17 to or 989-773-5140

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